Cancer Services

We put you at the center of all our cancer care. From the minute you walk through our doors, we are focused on one thing: Providing the right care for you, based on your circumstances, needs and preferences.

U.S. News & World Report considers us among the top-performing programs in the country for cancer care. We are the #1 adult hospital in Tennessee and metropolitan Nashville. This ranking recognizes more than our advanced technology and commitment to cancer research. It recognizes our patient-centered approach. We are here to answer all your questions, explain the results of tests, discuss treatment options with you and help you plan for life after treatment ends.

Cancer Care Services: Why Choose Vanderbilt-Ingram

When you choose Vanderbilt-Ingram for cancer care, you are choosing one of the top cancer centers in the Southeast:

  • Continuum of care: From your initial diagnosis through post-treatment care, we are with you at every step. Offering the full spectrum of services means that we see the big picture of your care and how the different aspects of your treatment might affect you. This approach ensures that you are getting the best possible care.
  • Treatment for all types of cancer: We use the latest diagnostic and treatment technology – and have the expertise and experience – to care for patients with any type of cancer. Our facilities include the most sophisticated equipment and methods so we can provide the most effective treatments. Whether it’s a common tumor or a cancer that is rare or aggressive, we apply the same level of precision and expertise to provide you the care you need.
  • Collaborative care: Our team of cancer specialists focus exclusively on the type of cancer you have and work together with nurses and staff to plan your treatment. Your team collaborates with other healthcare providers, such as cardiologists and pulmonologists, to ensure that you are receiving the most effective care possible. At our regular tumor boards (cancer care meetings), our cancer experts discuss complex cases individually. Together, some of the nation’s leading cancer experts across medical disciplines collaborate on developing your treatment plan.
  • Innovation happens here: The next generation of cancer care is happening right here at Vanderbilt-Ingram, including clinical trials, diagnosis with pinpoint accuracy, treatments based on changes in the tumor’s DNA and targeted, precise treatment technology. We are at the forefront of advances in personalized cancer treatment: My Cancer Genome, an international resource started here at Vanderbilt-Ingram, helps doctors match specific genetic tumor mutations to available treatments.
  • Prompt, personalized care: The Vanderbilt-Ingram Service for Timely Access (V-ISTA) program ensures that new patients get the prompt care they need. A V-ISTA nurse calls every new patient, collects each patient’s records and prepares everything for the first appointment. This approach means that you get the most out of your visit with the team. Our V-ISTA nurses also help you check if you are eligible for a particular clinical trial.

Cancer Care Services We Provide:

  • Prevention and screening
  • Diagnosis
  • Treatment
  • Support services
  • Survivorship

Cancer prevention and screening

You can take steps to lower your risk of developing cancer. These include healthy lifestyle choices such as eating a nutritious diet, quitting smoking and exercising regularly. Getting screened for certain cancers can lead to better results, because when we detect cancer earlier, we can treat it more successfully.

Knowing your risk factors for certain cancers and when to begin regular screenings is an important part of staying healthy. Talk to your doctor about your family history, medical history and lifestyle to determine when you should begin screenings. Learn more about prevention and screening.

Diagnosing cancer

Diagnosis is the first step in treating cancer. A precise diagnosis will confirm the presence of cancer, its exact location and if it has spread. The right diagnosis is key to all future decisions.

At Vanderbilt-Ingram, we use advanced diagnostic technology that can target the suspicious area precisely, so we get a more exact diagnosis with fewer tests. Specialists involved in diagnosis, called pathologists, are key members of our team. We are committed to getting answers quickly. 

Cancer treatments

Once we diagnose and stage the cancer (determine how advanced it is and if it has spread), we discuss your treatment options with you. We encourage you to be an active member of your care team, and we will take time to answer your questions or concerns about your diagnosis or treatment. We will discuss the risks and benefits of the different treatment methods as well as determine if you are eligible for a clinical trial.

Our cancer treatment team – including surgeons, oncologists and radiation therapists – uses the latest techniques to give you a precise, safe and effective treatment. We also discuss the long-term effects of treatments so we can work with you to determine a plan that will give you a high quality of life. Find out more about cancer treatments at Vanderbilt-Ingram.

Support services for cancer

Our care extends beyond cancer treatments. We offer many support services to help you manage all aspects of your care, from dealing with logistics, traveling and insurance to making sure you have the emotional and psychological support you need. Learn more about our support services.


After cancer treatment has ended, you may have many questions and worries about your post-treatment life. The REACH for Cancer Survivorship Program is a special survivorship program that provides the full spectrum of services you need for managing your life after cancer treatments.

We also offer the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine that uses research-based therapies to complement your treatment. Other survivorship resources include our:

  • Lymphedema Therapy Clinic: This clinic is staffed with physical therapists who use a specialized approach to treating lymphedema.
  • Stem Cell Transplant Wellness Program: Our wellness program is designed to help you improve cardiovascular fitness, strength and functional ability after an allogeneic stem cell transplant (the transfer of stem cells from a healthy donor).

Learn more about our survivorship program.

For Referring Physicians

We work with providers around the region to deliver effective, personalized cancer care to their patients. Our team collaborates, consults and communicates with referring physicians before, during and after a patient’s treatment. Together, we help your patients get the appropriate care they need.

To arrange a consultation or make a referral, call us at (615) 343-3700 or complete our online referral form.

We also offer consultation from our molecular tumor board for patients with next generation DNA sequencing results (somatic or germline) being treated at Vanderbilt or elsewhere. Physicians may submit cases for review using our secure online form.